Justin Baker, M.D. is the chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Palliative Care for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
He works with patients who are facing the very real possibility of death. Justin is a leader in integrating palliative care into the care of children with cancer – a topic he frequently is asked to speak on both nationally and internationally.
His approach focuses on making EVERY day happy and as full of life as possible. He also collaborates with other physicians and provider teams to make sure patients concerns and issues are being heard. Additionally, Justin works with bereaved parents of patients to educate other doctors and health care staff on how to deliver bad news to families. Working with patients and their families through difficult situations can be challenging, but Justin and his team enjoy doing the work of making peoples’ lives a little better.
Justin earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX, where he also completed his residency in pediatrics. He joined St. Jude in 2004, first as a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology. He joined the faculty in 2007. He is also director of the hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program. In addition to his responsibilities at the hospital, he is married and the proud father of four children.